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Wildflower Walk

Come celebrate spring in the desert with wildflower experts Marianne Jensen and Steve Jones, to experience the Preserve dressed in its’ most beautiful colors. Discover the incredible variety of flowers the desert offers in this moderate 3-mile hike with 150 foot elevation gain. Allow 3 hours. Meet at the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead by 7:45 a.m. Appropriate for ages 10 and older.

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is a non-profit conservation organization that relies on more than 400 volunteers to help protect and promote the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. We do this in so many ways- from trail building to patrolling the trails, guiding hikes, education, and research.

We need your help! The Preserve is growing by 10 square miles in the next year and we need volunteers to help keep the Preserve protected. Sign up today at

Dogs are welcome in the Preserve but only service dogs are permitted on guided hikes.

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  • Margaret H.

    I went on the hike. It was a new area for me that I was delighted to discover. The hike was well planned, led by knowledgeable experts, the group was friendly. My primary regret was that the group was so large, not everyone could be close enough to see and hear each time we stopped.. Maybe multiple hikes could be conducted?

    March 25, 2013

  • Chris

    Would love to. Just not this weekend. Have fun!

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love Marcus Landslide, such wide open spaces, and beautiful rock formations, and of course, hoping to see some wildflowers :) Don't forget to bring water--NO WATER AT TRAILHEAD.

    March 21, 2013

  • Laura

    I have an awful time getting up early, but I'll do my best to be there. It will be beautiful!

    1 · March 18, 2013

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